Fred Gregory

Robin Fredrick “Fred” Gregory, Jr., age 88, of Warsaw, MO, went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 12th, 2020, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, MO.  He was born on May 7th, 1932, in Warsaw, MO, the first born of Robin Gregory, Sr and Glen (Smith) Gregory.
Fred spent his entire life in the Warsaw area, and was a fifth-generation resident of Benton County, with the Gregory family settling in the Tebo Creek area of Benton County dating back to 1841.  While growing up in Warsaw he helped deliver milk from his family’s dairy to the residents of Warsaw.  He used to say that when he was a boy he knew everyone in town and where their refrigerator was.  
Fred graduated from Warsaw High School in 1951 and shortly thereafter was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served during the Korean War.  Fred was honorably discharged in July of 1954, and after returning home, he promptly asked his high school sweetheart to marry him.  He was united in marriage to Helen McLerran, the daughter of John Ed and Ruby McLerran, on October 17, 1954, at Hopewell Baptist Church in Quincy, MO. To this union was born two sons, David Gregory of Deepwater, MO, and Dean Gregory of Columbia, MO.  
Faith was important to Fred.  He was a member and church deacon of Spring Grove Baptist Church, which was originally located on Tebo Creek.  Fred also served as Sunday School Superintendent, and was a member of both the Mission Board and the Baptist Old Path Association.
He began his farming career on the family farm in the Tebo Creek valley.  In 1962, Fred and Helen purchased a farm in Henry County and moved their farming operation as a result of the pending construction of Truman Dam and Reservoir.
As a lifelong farmer and cattleman in Benton and Henry counties, Fred was involved in helping with 4-H, Benton County Feeder Pig Producer Auction, Benton County Cattlemen’s Association, where he also served as president, board member of the Benton County Mutual Insurance Company, and was a proud member of the Benton County Historical Society.  Fred was also a member of VFW Post 5894, where he served as VFW Commander to the post.
Along with farming, Fred was also an accomplished carpenter, and he graciously helped many family and friends with their projects, either to build their homes or help to update the homes.  This included the house he and Helen built and called home for over 50 years.
Fred loved to travel and see the world with Helen.  They traveled to all 50 states and Fred had been to 21 countries throughout the world.  Many of the overseas trips were taken with other farm families to tour the agriculture within other parts of the world.  During these trips Fred and Helen built many long-lasting relationships, both with their travel companions and with farm families throughout the world.
Fred truly loved his family and friends.  Until his health limited his ability to get around he would always jump at the chance to be with his family, including his children, brother and sisters, and nieces and nephews.  He also had many lifelong friends in the Warsaw area that he spent time with over coffee, even though he didn’t drink coffee, solving the world’s problems.  Fred also enjoyed playing card games with his family, especially his grandchildren, and with his friends in the Warsaw pitch club, which he and Helen participated in for over 50 years.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Robin Gregory, Sr. and Glen (Smith) Gregory, his sister, Frances (Gregory) Higgins, his brother-in-law, Raymond Higgins of Houstonia, MO, and his nephew Adam Gregory.
He is survived by his brother Roger Gregory and his wife Carolyn (Heggen) Gregory, his sister Kathy (Gregory) Reynolds and her husband Donny Reynolds.  Fred is also survived by his two sons and their spouses, David Gregory and his wife Leah Rae (Trenary) Gregory, of Deepwater, MO, and Dean Gregory and his wife Gretchen (Kussman) Gregory, of Columbia, MO, along with Fred’s grandchildren, Alex Gregory, Austin Gregory, and Emily Gregory.
Visitation was held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16th, at Reser Funeral Home, 101 W. Main Street, Warsaw, MO, with services at 2:00 PM, and graveside services to follow at Riverside Cemetery.
Because Fred loved his community and the history of the area, in lieu of flowers please donate to either the Benton County Historical Society or to the Benton County Cancer Fund.